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Philly adds electric bikes to Indego fleet

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- Indego is piloting the motorized bicycles over the next two months before a larger deployment. While they are being called electric bicycles, the vehicles are technically pedal-assist bikes with a small electric motor that kicks in to augment the rider’s regular pedalling. If cyclists stop pumping their legs, the motor stops boosting their wheels.

- The pedal assist allows riders to reach top speeds in a matter of a few dozen feet, rather than a few dozen yards. While they are quick, they aren’t fast; the motor shuts off once riders hit 17 mph, a speed that fit commuters on a 10-speed can hit without breaking much of a sweat. Determined riders can still go faster than that, but Indego’s gear ratios are designed for easy riding, not speed, meaning those riders need to pedal furiously to do so.

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Baton Rouge bike share to begin in May with 500 bicycles in 50 locations

https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_ro...4a632768f.html

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- Patrons will be able to look up rental spots through an app created by the company Gotcha. Southern, LSU and downtown will all have rental kiosks, Gotcha founder Sean Flood wrote in a Tuesday news release. Riders can sign up for a day or buy a monthly or annual subscription. Over the next two years, Gotcha plans to expand to 800 bikes in 80 locations, the release states. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is a major sponsor of the program. Flood and Blue Cross Foundation President Michael Tipton said bike share is an important strategy to get cars off the road, protecting the environment while encouraging exercise.

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After three years, part of Raleigh’s bikeshare program is ready to roll

Initial rollout is 13 stations and 100 bikes (most with electric assist), with plans to expand to 300 bikes and 17 more stations by the end of the year.


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What company is making Raleigh? It looks like the docks used in baltimore, which closed due to theft
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Bewegen Technologies with primary sponsorship from Citrix, hence the name.
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Houston’s booming bike-share system is reshaping a car-centric city

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- For a bike-share system, annual ridership growth of around 10% is good. That’s what Motivate, the largest bike-share provider in the U.S., touted as its across-the-board growth metric for its seven systems in 2017. If ridership changes across bike-share systems in the U.S. from last year to now were mapped, Houston would pull the whole chart out of alignment. The local system, BCycle, which is run as a nonprofit, saw an over 65% increase in trips taken compared to this time last year. Much of that is due to the fact that last year the system doubled in size to reach more riders.

- In 2016, Houston BCycle secured a $3.5 million grant from the Federal Highway Administration, which was delivered through the Texas Department of Transportation to fund the system expansion. That year, the system was still tiny, with 33 stations and just over 100,000 annual trips. Now, the number of stations is up to 90, with 38 left to be rolled out through the grant funding. Last year, annual ridership hovered around 165,858 trips, and just a few months into 2019, BCycle is projecting, based off current numbers, that the number of rides this year will top 250,000.

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City to add 400 more electric Indego bikes

https://philly.curbed.com/2019/5/6/1...-electric-bike

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- After a successful test run, Philly plans to expand an electric bikeshare pilot program, bringing 400 more electric Indego bikes to city streets. The city-run bikeshare, Indego, will start rolling out the bikes later this month, along with 12 new Indego stations which will be installed at the “busiest parts of the Indego system,” according to a statement from the mayor’s office. The e-bikes will cost an additional 15 cents per minute. However, Indego ACCESS pass holders can ride the bikes for five cents a minute, the statement clarified.

- Indego has been a staple in Philly for the past four years, as the city’s only bikeshare program. But it wasn’t until November that the city added e-bikes to the system. They deposited only 10 e-bikes at various Indego stations around the city and monitored their usage over the course of two months to consider bringing them to Philly permanently. The bikes have a motor that, “adds power to the wheels as riders pedal up to 17 mph,” the city said in a statement last year.

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more dockless bikes for staten island:

https://www.amny.com/transit/dockles...and-1.30118636
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More and more cities are getting electric bikes. Even the most hardcore bike folks will eventually admit they are cool.
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More and more cities are getting electric bikes. Even the most hardcore bike folks will eventually admit they are cool.
i think the issue is how safe they are. they can go fast and combined with the fact they are completely silent make them a serious safety issue for pedestrians. they can sneak up on you way too easily. i think those issues can be addressed though, so no doubt we will see more e-bikes.

not as sure about e-scooters, but likely much more of those too.
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-- 1k mopeds on the way:


Tech startup Revel deploys 1,000 electric mopeds for rent in Brooklyn and Queens

By CLAYTON GUSE
MAY 29, 2019 | 5:00 AM


The number of mopeds on New York City’s streets has nearly doubled overnight thanks to a local startup.

Revel, a Brooklyn-based tech company, on Wednesday deployed 1,000 street-legal electric two-wheelers across Brooklyn and Queens, which can be rented by the minute.


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i think the issue is how safe they are. they can go fast and combined with the fact they are completely silent make them a serious safety issue for pedestrians. they can sneak up on you way too easily. i think those issues can be addressed though, so no doubt we will see more e-bikes.

not as sure about e-scooters, but likely much more of those too.
My pedal-only assist bike makes a slight buzz when the motor is working. I get it though, going 20 miles an hour on a shared path can be tricky. However, most people are responsible and slow down on bike paths and when around people(I certainly do). Throttle bikes are awesome when you are in traffic or in a bike lane. You feel safer since if you are in the city, and on a moderately slow road, you can pretty much keep up with traffic.

One way to put most safety concerns to rest(and to piss off most Ebike people), would be to make our standards European standards. My bike is, the max asist is like 15.5-16 mph while most American bikes go 20 mph.
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Bike Sharing in China

YouTube videos on status of Bike Sharing in China... Interesting. Entertaining as well.

China Uncensored: (7m45s) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXX423ErY1U&t=227s
Al Jazeera English: (2m06s) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21CbXA1WEUs
Time Magazine: (1m30s) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chExzkWc-7c
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Bay Area Bike Share Battle Has Vast Ramifications

https://usa.streetsblog.org/2019/06/...ramifications/

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- The battle over bike share in the Bay Area between Uber and Lyft could have lasting implications for the future of public cycling and, indeed, capitalism itself. The two companies have circled each other warily like racers in a velodrome Uber with dockless Jump e-bikes and Lyft with its docked Ford GoBikes since 2018 when both publicly traded multi-billion-dollar companies acquired rentable bike start-ups.

But the transportation nemeses could be facing off this summer now that San Francisco wants to quadruple the number of bikes in its bike share program to 11,000 this year, dramatically expanding docked rental bikes, plus extending an existing pilot program for dockless bikes. — The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency announced last week it will allow companies, such as Uber, Lime, and Spin, to apply for new two-year permits to operate dockless electronic bikes by July. That follows an 18-month pilot program for electric, stationless bikes that the SFMTA, which oversees transit, streets and taxis in San Francisco, created in January 2018.

That could hinder Lyft, which believes it has an exclusive contract for its Ford GoBike program with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the regional transportation planning agency that finances roads, highways, and transit systems in the Bay Area. Lyft inherited the contract to provide a bike share system in the Bay Area’s nine counties when it purchased Motivate, the company that had made the agreement with the MTC in 2015. — Lyft President John Zimmer, who has a squadron of lawyers, wrote an aggressive letter on April 28 urging the SFMTA not to go forward awarding permits to competitors because the company already “invested millions of dollars to install bike station infrastructure” in anticipation of being the city’s sole bike share operator.

- Yet SFMTA officials claimed Lyft did not understand the contract, which was only for a “docked, station-based bike-share program” and the agency could award permits to stationless e-bikes. Instead, the city encouraged Lyft to develop a new 50-pound bike that includes both features — allowing it to be docked at stations around the city while containing an electric lock on the rear wheel activated by smartphone. That’s the new electric bike that will hit the streets of San Francisco in June (even as New York City and Washington, D.C. have to wait months for their e-bike fleets to be restored after a repair crisis).

- That interpretation surprised MTC leaders, who countered the “definition of bicycle is silent on any distinction between station-based and dockless bicycles.” MTC Executive Director Therese McMillan urged the SFMTA and Lyft to reach a resolution, noting the company would not “foot the entire cost of delivering, installing, and operating a 7,000-bike share system … if the participating cities were going to allow for point-to-point bike share competitors for a specified period.”

- If the SFMTA proceeds with issuing permits this summer, San Franciscans could have the option of choosing Jump or Ford GoBikes clustered in the same locations, putting the bike share foes in direct competition with each other in the same area. Cyclists hope that there’s room in Frisco for both Lyft and its e-bike rivals. — “San Francisco has proven that bike share is most successful when it is affordable, accessible, and equitable,” said San Francisco Bicycle Coalition spokeswoman Rachel Dearborn. “We support expanding bike share — regardless of what company or companies run it so that all people in San Francisco have more ways to get around.”

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Here’s One Way to Fix Citi Bike So It Doesn’t Only Serve Rich People Who Already Live Near Subways

https://nyc.streetsblog.org/2019/07/...-near-subways/

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- Citi Bike serves mostly rich white people. All you need to do is look at the coverage map to see that. But that shouldn’t be your only takeaway from a new report from New York City Communities for Change, an activist group that is calling on the city to ensure that Citi Bike lives up to its promise of equity when it announces its long-awaited expansion this summer. — The report [PDF] is not a stinging indictment of Citi Bike — but it is a reminder of how many more low-income, subway-deprived people the supposedly public bike share system could be helping outside the current coverage area in Manhattan and thin slices of gentrified Brooklyn and Queens.

- Roughly 20 percent of New Yorkers without access to bike share live in poverty, but that figure drops to 15.9 percent for New Yorkers with Citi Bike, the report said. “Meanwhile, three-quarters of neighborhoods in extreme poverty are located outside the Citi Bike service area,” it added. So with equity as the focal mission, the report identified roughly 760,000 “disproportionately poor and non-white New Yorkers without good subway access who would benefit from an equity-focused bike sharing network expansion” most of whom live in The Bronx and Queens.

- The report’s proposed expansion zones are an effort to merge two partially independent factors: bringing Citi Bike to “disadvantaged” neighborhoods and using Citi Bike to increase access to transit in neighborhoods where the nearest subway station is a long walk away. To determine the best way to do that, the authors constructed a “vulnerability index” based on an area’s median household income, percentage of the population living in poverty, the percentage of the population which are people of color, and the percentage of the population without a bachelor’s degree.

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My pedal-only assist bike makes a slight buzz when the motor is working. I get it though, going 20 miles an hour on a shared path can be tricky. However, most people are responsible and slow down on bike paths and when around people(I certainly do). Throttle bikes are awesome when you are in traffic or in a bike lane. You feel safer since if you are in the city, and on a moderately slow road, you can pretty much keep up with traffic.

One way to put most safety concerns to rest(and to piss off most Ebike people), would be to make our standards European standards. My bike is, the max asist is like 15.5-16 mph while most American bikes go 20 mph.
slower speeds would certainly be safer, but i think the most important thing is to mandate that they make a noise. also, while the average pleasure or commuter riders may be safer drivers, the delivery people, who are the vast majority of people using e-bikes in nyc so far, are terrorists. so far i only see people being surprized or mildly annoyed by them stealthily whizzing around corners at too high speeds, but you can just see how it wont take long before it gets violent.
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Here’s One Way to Fix Citi Bike So It Doesn’t Only Serve Rich People Who Already Live Near Subways

https://nyc.streetsblog.org/2019/07/...-near-subways/



yeah well, looks like it's happening:


Citi Bike coming to the Bronx as part of slow expansion to the outer boroughs


By Vincent Barone
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Updated July 16, 2019 10:39 AM


Citi Bike will finally expand into the Bronx and deeper into the outer boroughs.

After years of anticipation and criticism over its location in primarily wealthy and white parts of the city, the bike share provider and the de Blasio administration outlined plans for a slow, but significant expansion over the next three and a half years.

By the end of 2023, Citi Bike will push out to areas such as Corona, Queens; Brownsville, Brooklyn; Morrisiana, in the Bronx; and up through the remainder of Manhattan. Staten Island is not included in the plans, though the borough will get an island-wise expansion of dockless bike share service from a different company, JUMP.


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E-Bikes Take the Lead in City Bikeshare Programs

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- For years, bikeshare programs have been associated with big, heavy and slow bikes. But now in Madison, Wisconsin, riders are pedaling on electric-bikes, or e-bikes, an increasingly popular type of bicycle equipped with a motor. When a rider puts pressure on the pedals, the motor engages to give riders a boost. In late June, Madsion became the first city to replace its entire bikeshare fleet with electric bikes. And it's part of a growing trend. --- As of early August, 41 out of the 192 cities in the U.S. that have at least one bikeshare system had incorporated e-bikes, also known as pedal-assist bikes, Herr says. And many of these systems are already seeing significant benefits, including a jump in ridership.

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^^^ I love e bikes and I think those have the biggest potential to lure in potential biking commuters.
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Lime riders traverse dangerous roadways

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- PEOPLE RENTING BIKES through an app often travel down dangerous roadways, such as Revere Beach Parkway, according to a planning agency that is hoping to sift the travel patterns of those cyclists to inform future decisions about transportation infrastructure. The Metropolitan Area Planning Council facilitated contracts between multiple Boston suburbs and Lime, a bike-sharing company, and received anonymized data on 300,000 trips as part of an agreement with the company. According to the data, about 18 percent of miles traveled by Lime bikers were on stretches classified as “very high stress” – roadways where the lane configurations and traffic make them especially risky for bike-car crashes.

- The data also showed how multi-use paths have become like “highways” for bicyclists and found those low-stress roadways account for roughly 44 percent of Lime bike travel. Lime riders are using the rentals to get to a variety of destinations – including urban centers, residential neighborhoods, and transit stops – and the average trip lasts 1.3 miles. Use of the bike-rental service also dropped off significantly this summer compared to last summer. Lime bikes are similar to Blue Bikes, which are available in the urban core, in that they can be quickly and easily rented. Boston, Cambridge, Somerville and Brookline are all exclusively Blue Bike territory, and Everett is the only city with agreements for both Blue Bikes and Lime to operate within its borders.

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